Transparency International Malaysia today called on the government to free all ISA detainees or risk further foreign investments.
The anti-corruption watchdog warned that the lack of sensitivity to the wishes of the people and the changing times could only drag the country into a quagmire, which if left unchecked, would drive away investors.
“The international and domestic perceptions of Malaysia’s transparency are being eroded by the easy and unnecessary application of the ISA that was designed to fight communist terrorists,” Transparency International president Ramon Navaratnam told Malaysiakini.
“The repressive laws that we have now are archaic and outdated and are not relevant today to promote a progressive economy.”
Transparency International also asked the government to review or revoke all laws that could constrain the rule of law and fundamental freedoms or that could undermine transparency, accountability and integrity.